Joe Namath says there is no doubt about it, Tom Brady is the best quarterback to play the game.
The Jets legend and Hall of Fame quarterback was asked about the greatest of all time at the position while on The Howard Stern Show on Monday, and while Namath has idolized many quarterbacks, none compare to the six-time Super Bowl champion who has tortured the Jets the last two decades.
"Tom is the best," Namath said. "I've been asked that question for many years -- Johnny [Unitas] was my hero, Otto Graham was great, Slingin' Sammy Baugh, I go back, these guys are great. But meantime, Tom has been challenged more in recent history, certainly with huge games than anybody I can recollect -- and he stepped up every time."
Of course, Brady plays in a different era than Namath and the quarterbacks he idolizes, but Namath explains it is beyond the numbers that makes Brady the best.
"I would have to say he's the best at answering the challenge there ever was, yes," Namath said. "I've not seen anybody have that many big games and answer the challenge as well as he has."
Namath added: "I have not seen Tom Brady lose a game for this team."
Brady is 6-3 in nine Super Bowls and will enter the 2019 season at age 42 looking to add to his collection. The Patriots have never had a losing season under Brady and have won 16 division titles.
The Jets hope to buck that trend this year after adding running back Le'Veon Bell and linebacker C.J. Mosley to the team this offseason.